Denny Chimes

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Denny Chimes in January 2007.

The Denny Chimes (Building #1045) is a 115-foot-tall belltower equipped with a 25-bell carillon, located on the south side of The Quad of the University of Alabama fronting University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.

The tower was named in honor of former University president George Denny, who served from 1912 to 1936 and again in 1941. Today, the tower is often recognized as the most visible landmark of the campus. The tower is art deco in design and features a concrete base followed by a brick shaft that gradually tapers towards its concrete top.


The idea of erecting a clock tower on campus was initially suggested in 1919 to be constructed as a war memorial for those who fought in World War I. Due to an inability to secure funding for its construction, the tower was not completed at that time. However, by the late 1920s, university students were successful in collecting the necessary funding for its construction. This was done in an effort to dedicate the structure to then university president George Denny after hearing a rumor stating he was looking to leave the university and return to his native Virginia. Constructed by Skinner, Maxwell and Company at a final cost of $40,000, the tower was dedicated on May 27, 1929, with governor Bibb Graves in attendance.


The carillon features 25 cast bronze bells, with the largest having a circumference of about eleven feet and a height of three feet. The chimes ring every 15 minutes, chiming on the hour in addition to chiming other songs or the alma mater as part of university celebrations or holidays. Inside the base is an automatic player that plays roll music in addition to a keyboard console that is used on special occasions. For many years the Alabama organ professor Warren Hutton served as the carillonneur for memorial services and special events, and today the manual organ is played by both university faculty and students.

By 1945, the bell carillon was converted into an electronic system and modernized in 1966. The 1966 modernization was complete with a rededication ceremony on May 28. The system was completed by Schulmerich Carillons of Pennsylvania with internationally known carillonneur David Klein delivering the inaugural performance.

Walk of Fame

Surrounding the tower is the Walk of Fame, whereby captains of the football team have placed their hand and footprints in cement slabs at its base since 1948, with only a brief interruption between 1971 and 1975. The ceremony annually occurs as part of the A-Day festivities, whereby the previous seasons captains are honored.

The names enshrined as part of the Walk of Fame are as follows:

  • 1947: Harry Gilmer, John Wozniak
  • 1948: Billy Cadenhead, Ray Richeson
  • 1949: Billy Cadenhead, Ed Holdnak, Doug Lockridge
  • 1950: Ed Salem, Mike Mizerany
  • 1951: Jack Brown, Harold Lutz
  • 1952: Bobby Marlow, Bobby Wilson
  • 1953: Ralph Carrigan, Bud Willis
  • 1954: Thomsa Tharp, Sid Youngleman
  • 1955: Nick Germanos
  • 1956: Jim Cunningham, Max Kelly, Wes Thomas
  • 1957: Jim Loftin, Clay Walls
  • 1958: Bobby Jackson, Dave Sington, Bobby Smith
  • 1959: Jim Belvins, Don Cochran, Marlin Dyess
  • 1960: Bobby Boylston, Leon Fuller
  • 1961: Billy Neighbors, Pat Trammell
  • 1962: Lee Roy Jordan, Jimmy Sharpe
  • 1963: Not awarded
  • 1964: Steve Allen, Benny Nelson
  • 1965: Joe Namath, Ray Ogden
  • 1966: Richard Cole, Ray Perkins, Steve Sloan
  • 1967: Bobby Johns, Kenny Stabler
  • 1968: Mike Hall, Donnie Sutton
  • 1969: Danny Ford, Alvin Samples


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